Friday, October 21, 2011

Simple Carbohydrates are WAY More Dangerous Than We Thought by Paula Stone

For years in my own writings and my own kitchen I have avoided eating a lot of sugar, white flour and other things that go to sugar in the blood stream quickly.

The main reason I avoided these things is that they are not precisely “food”.

They have little or no nutritional value.

And I can’t see much point in buying or eating something that has no nutritional value.

But I learned today in an article in the current issue of Scientific American magazine that there are bigger problems than a lack of nutrition in all foods with a high glycemic index.

An article by Melinda Wenner Moyer states that in the 30 years during which the government has been recommending that people reduce their intake of saturated fat to help prevent heart disease

1. Obesity has more than doubled.

2. Diabetes has tripled.

3. Heart disease is still the country’s biggest killer.

She goes on to say that, “Processed carbohydrates, which many Americans eat today in place of fat, may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease more than fat does—a finding that has serious implications for new dietary guidelines expected this year.”

The article further states that “some studies done by Meir Stampfer, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health indicate that carbohydrates may be worse than saturated fats in their connection to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”

In one of his studies, “Although subjects on the low-carb diet ate the most saturated fat, they ended up with the healthiest ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol and lost twice as much weight as their low fat eating counterparts.”

He also did studies that showed that women have worse problems with weight, diabetes and coronary artery disease if they consumed higher amounts of high glycemic-index foods.

I think it appears sugar definitely seems to be making them fat and sick.

I worked as a social worker for over 9 years after I got out of college. Many of my clients were diabetics and they were often the sickest of all my clients, too.

Their horrifying health issues were all the incentive I needed to start avoiding sugar.

I have always maintained that eating sugar and refined grains is going to impact the body negatively.

But the sugar lobby in Washington works hard to protect their markets. They know these foods are not healthy, but they have a big financial stake in continuing to sell these products. They also have plenty of influence.

Fast foods and convenience foods are full of this stuff and really low in nutrients.

But you have control of your grocery cart and your kitchen. Protect yourself. Skip the white stuff like refined flour and sugar. Cook at home using real food with real nutrients.

Human bodies were not designed to process a lot of sugar and other high glycemic-index foods safely.

In fact sugar is not a necessary nutrient.

So-called “high glycemic” foods are just wrong and unnatural, essentially useless in any diet so stick with healthier more nutrient rich foods to kick up your health along with drop those excess pounds.